Kid Classics 

Your childhood, now onscreen


Kids don't get ya, huh? Yeah, we know. You try and tell them that Disney didn't invent children's movies, it's just dominated them for a while. But do they listen? Nope. Well, this summer, you can show them what movies were like when you -- and your parents, and maybe even their parents -- were small, at the Children's Vintage Film Series. Every Sunday through Aug. 15, check out two vintage kids' flicks, one at 11 a.m. and another at 2 p.m., at the Alameda Multi-Cultural Community Center (842 Central Ave). The series covers a decade a week (it kicked off last week with the '20s), and this week's offerings are two Shirley Temple vehicles, Heidi (1937) and The Little Princess (1939). Upcoming weeks will feature The Mark of Zorro (1940) and The Red Shoes (1948) (July 25); Journey to the Center of the Earth (1957) and Dr. Dolittle (1967) (Aug. 1); Babes in Toyland (1961) and Mary Poppins (1964) (Aug. 8); and Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) and Pete's Dragon (1977) (Aug. 15). Admission is $3, popcorn is free, and coffee, cake, and conversation are available for you while the kids watch the show. Call 415-572-8759 for more information or to volunteer. -- Stefanie Kalem

SAT 7/17

Bundt This

Crazycraftycool at AK

Nothing quite says "community" like a craft fair and bake sale. And when you're talking about an arts community, you can expect more interesting wares than the usual church bazaar Bundt cake and crocheted tissue box covers. At Rock Paper Scissors' first-ever Renegade Craft Fair and Bake Sale, you can shop for homemade clothing, books, buttons, stuffed animals, baked treats, haircuts (yep, haircuts), and more. The event is from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at AK Press, and the warehouse will be open, so you can also stock up on subversive literature, folk CDs, and smart-ass lefty T-shirts. But wait! What's that noise? Well, from 2 to 4 p.m. you can bop while you shop to live music by acoustic (guitar and violin) folk-punk duo Ghost Mice (Plan-It-X Records), Spoonboy (both from the Indianapolis area), and more to be announced. AK Press: 674-A 23rd St., Oakland. Info: or 510-832-2050. -- Stefanie Kalem


Keeping It Light

Let's hear it for the classics. Photographer Dana Davis works in the tradition of Ansel Adams. His black-and-white series "Escapement" consists of studies of stones and foliage in Yosemite Valley, each imbued with intricate natural detail and textured light and shadow. P.G. Meier , on the other hand, digitally manipulates architecture and ordinary objects in a colorful rethinking of everyday life. Now on display at the Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Ave., Alameda. -- Kelly Vance

FRI 7/16

Salsa Peruana

Bravo for Bravo

Julio Bravo y Su Orquesta Salsabor hosted a CD release party at Club Montero's in Albany last month for their album 10 Años de Salsa (10 Years in Salsa). The Peruvian-born singer-bandleader heads up a driving ensemble featuring singer Ignacio Caxaj and trumpeter Steffen Kuehn -- plus between-set dance routines by 2003 SF Carnival King Antonio Naranjo and percolating merengue and reggaeton mixes by DJ Carlito's Way. Montero's is a Mexican restaurant by day and a salsa nightclub on weekends. Bravo returns to Club Montero's (1106 Solano Ave., Albany, 510-524-1270, $12) this Friday, where you'll find him next to a papier-mâché palm tree at the edge of a grass-hut bar. -- Jesse "Chuy" Varela


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